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Cherryland Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We used our grant to help offset the cost of vaccines. We purchased 100 doses of feline distemper vaccine, 25 doses of canine distemper/parvo/lepto vaccine, and 96 doses of rabies vaccine.

The grant was an immense help. Since almost all of our fundraising avenues have been disrupted due to the pandemic, it was a relief to have some assistance with one of our most important expenses: vaccines to keep all our pets healthy. We had a busy kitten season and took in more than 20 kittens from a hoarding case in May. Nearly all of them had health problems, and a few needed intensive, around-the-clock care and trips to the emergency veterinarian.

It was stressful and sad to see so many kittens in such rough shape. It always is. And, as always, we were comforted knowing that they were now safe with us and would get everything they needed, including basic healthcare.

How many pets did this grant help?

125

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Gumdrop was one of the kittens from the hoarding case. When she arrived, she still needed to be bottle-fed and had severe bloating and diarrhea, which can be fatal to kittens when they are small and easily dehydrated. After being fostered by staff, she moved into a foster home with a young girl who took amazing care of Gumdrop and two of her siblings.

Gumdrop was an affectionate kitten who would immediately want to be held and snuggle, especially into your neck. Naturally, the first people who met her once she was available for adoption took her home!

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